Posts Tagged ‘Writing’

I am on the lookout for male and female characters who are people of color and are protagonists in science fiction and fantasy books and movies.  I actually prefer female characters (since the protagonists of all of my stories are female) but male characters will work too.  I have done enough research on the female protagonist (at least for now) and I want to deepen my research with female protagonists of color.  

If you know of any good books or movies with awesome POCs, let me know in the comments.  That would be incredibly generous of you. 

I’ve never really watched Mad Men, but I’ve heard it’s a really good television show. My communications teacher actually showed us this clip in class I was just overcome by how much emotion that came from this small piece of script writing…and I haven’t even seen the show. I felt so much for the character right then…even though I don’t know who he is! If I ever become a professional writer, I will make sure that I keep this small clip in mind. Because the writing of this clip is genius.

A Novel in a Month

Posted: June 25, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I’ve never finished a novel in a month BUT I did happen to write 50,000 words in a month.  Was it hard? Sometimes, but I like the challenge.  Each time I write all those words, I get closer to the finished draft of my story.  The one thing that I tend to do every time I take this challenge is rewrite something that I’ve already written so that I can get a better sense of what I want to put in my story and what should go.  Cramming in that many words in a month takes a bit of effort and the product may be crappy, but at least I’ve written something that gets me closer to the finished product.  I know that even though I’m never happy with the draft that I’ve written in a month, I always find myself looking back at the ideas that I came up with and incorporating them into an improved product.

I’m vaguely talking about NaNoWriMo or National Novel Writing Month that takes place during November.  It’s quite a challenge, especially if you’re working, or in school or both.  I’ve managed to finish the goal three times out of six as long as I plan before hand.  What I haven’t done was actually finish the darn thing.  

But that’s okay.  A while back I wanted to finish the novel, have it polished and ready for publishing within a year.  But as I keep reading novels from veteran authors and thinking about my plot, my characters, and the different twists and turns that I can take, I like taking time to think things through.  Summer is the perfect time for me to do just that since I’m not taking any classes (although I shouldn’t speak too soon).  

I write, not necessarily for people but mainly for myself.  Writing is the only thing that knocked me from the pull of insanity. 

 

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I’ve seen this movie many, many times but I love watching this movie.  For one, this is probably my favorite Tom Cruise movie along with Ghost Protocol, but that’s not why I like it so much.  The plot of the story is different than other movies that I’ve seen.  Now, I’m not a Japanese history expert, so I can’t vouch for the historical accuracy of it (I’ve heard various things about the historical components of the movie), but I can say that it’s a nice movie overall.  

I especially like the fact that Nathan Algren (the main character of the film), a former captain of the Civil War, is taken into captivity but isn’t tortured or struggling to survive.  He’s in a place that is completely foreign to him, but learns his enemy’s way of life and soon becomes the friend of his enemy.  I suppose that being held captive in a village home instead of being held in a prison gives him a different kind of freedom that most prisoners don’t have, but he’s still a captive, no less.  

In a way I’m kind of jealous because Nathan Algren is able to experience a completely different culture without any obstacles…

Did I mention the film score yet? The Last Samurai’s score is one of my all time favorite scores, completely memorable and excruciatingly beautiful.  

How it inspires me: 

Nathan Algren finds himself captured by a people that he does not know and, at the beginning, does not care about.  However, he discovers his place in a foreign world as well as discovering a purpose in his a life.  A few of my characters struggle to find a purpose after living a life that they didn’t want to live.  I want them to find their purpose, but not without the guidance and the care of a few good and unlikely friends.  Everything that they may have believed once in a lifetime turns out to be false, but for their own good.  

Lately I’ve been having trouble punching out words.  Between working, reading, watching movies, and dealing with the heat, writing hasn’t really been a priority.  Which is strange because my goal is to finish my draft by the end of the summer.  I don’t have a lot of time to write during the school year because of the amount of credits I’m taking, so summer is the best time to write.  The only problem is the words tend to freeze up during the summer. Not a good thing. 

I’ve been thinking about my story for a really long time.  Everything is in my head, but I can’t seem to put the words on paper.  They always come out like a hibbly bobbly jumbo mess of words that don’t make any sense.  Everything goes too fast, my characters are confused on what to do…in fact my characters are complaining right now because I keep sending them back to the beginning of the book.  All things will sort out…eventually. Reading other books also helps me to get words going, but I can’t read either! I’m at the end of a book right now and yet I can’t seem to finish the end.  The end.  I’m right there and I can’t even pull through. 

What is my problem? Exhaustion? Laziness? Overwhelmed by an insurmountable pile of work? I don’t know, but whatever it is, it’s very vexing.  If I keep up with this pace I won’t be able finish.  And if I keep changing things I’ll never finish.  

Oh boy. 

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(The girl in the jewel doesn’t look anything like the main character…)

This book by Rae Carson is the second book in a trilogy.  I read the first one last summer after deciding to purchase it from Amazon.  I believe that this is the first set of books that I’ve read with a monarch as the protagonist.  I don’t read much YA fiction anymore (even though I’m technically not too old to read it), but I like the main character because she grew tremendously throughout the story.  I like characters that grow as they experience things because that makes an interesting character.

The first book is called The Girl of Fire and Thorns.

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Elisa is the main character of both books; the prose is written in first person without POV alternations.  There’s quite a bit of action in both books with enough characterization for the main characters.  It’s a very easy read, but an interesting story nonetheless.  It was a quick, but suspenseful read.

Elisa is a sixteen year old princess who is married off to a foreign king.  She’s also a Bearer, or someone who is chosen by God.  They are marked with a jewel in their navel.  The jewel, or Godstone, possess magic that is used to fight magic (that is used by those whose purpose is to harm).  Naturally, there are people that want to kill her because she posses the stone that harnesses magical abilities.  Whoever bears the stone bears the magic.

How it inspires me: 

Elisa is a character that shows growth.  I love growing characters and I especially love the fact that she struggles with the duties of being a queen as well as a human being. I want my characters to grow and to be as strong as Elisa’s character, but I don’t want them to be perfect and vain.  I happen to have a character that rises to the role of monarch, so I think that Elisa is a good example of a main character who is also in a ruling position.  She makes mistakes.  A lot of them.  Not only that, but she struggles with mundane things such as love, friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. Everything doesn’t work out for her even when she has power; she’s still a normal person even though she’s not in a a normal position.  Overall, I like the sincerity of the series.  I can’t wait for the third!

I really like the word “quell.” Why? I’m not so sure.  It just sounds powerful.

For example, “She quelled the crowd with only a slight ascension of her hand.  It was a small movement, but the power of her presence was nearly overwhelming to the majority who admired her.”

I came up with that myself.

Definition: 1. To put down forcibly; suppress.  2. To pacify; quiet